GIVING TIME – Debe Brincefield of the Sitka Salvation Army helps distribute food at the Salvation Army on Sawmill Creek Road this afternoon. More than 50 Sitkans were lined up at noon to receive Thanksgiving baskets that included frozen turkeys and fresh vegetables. Food drives were held recently at all Sitka grocery stores to help stock the pantry. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Elizabeth “Betty” Baines

Elizabeth “Betty” Baines

Elizabeth “Betty” Baines, 69, of Sitka, died peacefully in her sleep July 15, 2018, at Sitka Community Hospital.
She was born Sept. 10, 1948, in Ketchikan to Conrad and Velma Baines. She went to Sitka High School and obtained her associates degree from Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage.
She worked at the Chatham Cannery, for BIA, at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, Alaska Lumber and Pulp, and Sitka Tribe of Alaska.
Betty was a kind, generous person who was always willing to lend a helping hand. She loved to be with her family and her grandchildren, who were her pride and joy.
She loved to fish and could be ready to go on the boat at a moment’s notice. She enjoyed visiting her family and friends in Metlakatla, and seeing everyone she knew at Celebration in Juneau.
Betty was preceded in death by her father, Conrad Paul Baines Sr.; mother, Velma Lenore Baines; and brothers Conrad “Buddy” Baines Jr. and Daniel Richard Baines.
Betty is survived by her daughter Valerie Dodson (Pat); brothers Ron, Frank, Terry, Michael and Robert and sister Barbara Baines; grandchildren Devan Dodson (Creda), Kaycie Carter (Levi), and Kamryn Dodson; great-grandsons Kruz Patrick Dodson and Owen Lucas Carter.
She is also survived by her beloved nieces and nephews, Aaron, Teresa, Kari, Christopher, Everett, Joel, Dustin, and Darin Baines. Last but not least, she is survived by her beloved fur-baby Joy.
A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Sitka National Cemetery in Sitka, with Chuck Haskins of the Church of the Nazarene officiating. A celebration of life will follow at Sheet’ká Ḵwáan Naa Kahídi community house on Katlian Street.
Those wishing to make memorial donations may send them to Valerie Dodson, 226 Lance Drive, Sitka, AK 99835.
The family of Betty extended sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses, CNAs and all of the other staff at Sitka Community Hospital who cared for her over the past few years. “Your kindness and love is appreciated beyond words,” they said.

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